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Microsoft Seeks Do-Let-The-Bed-Bugs-Bite Patent 176

theodp writes "In its just-published patent application for Adapting Parasites to Combat Disease, Microsoft lays out plans to unleash 'altered parasitic organisms' on humans, including mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, bed bugs, leeches, pinworms, tapeworms, hookworms, heart worms, roundworms, lice (head, body, and pubic), and the like. 'Irradiated mosquitoes can be used to deliver damaged Plasmodium to individuals,' explains Microsoft. 'Instead of contracting malaria, an individual receiving the damaged Plasmodium develops an immune response that renders the individual resistant to contracting malaria.' Don't worry about runaway breeding, advises Microsoft — 'a termination feature [that] can include programmed death' makes this impossible. As David Spade might say, I liked this movie the first time I saw it — when it was called Jurassic Park."
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Microsoft Seeks Do-Let-The-Bed-Bugs-Bite Patent

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  • by drinkypoo ( 153816 ) <> on Saturday January 15, 2011 @07:49PM (#34893046) Homepage Journal

    My main question here is: why is Microsoft filing for these patents? They have been involved in biomedics, afaik, only on the software and infomatics side.

    Remember how you can lose your farm because some Monsanto-patented seed blows onto your property? Just wait until you lose your right to sue a pharmaceutical company because "somehow" their patented pharmaceuticals have left traces in your system. You don't get immunizations from the Gates foundation unless you provide patent protection to Big Pharma that may impair your ability to legally care for your people later. The B&M Gates foundation is just the latest tool for controlling the poorer nations. Ask yourself why the DoJ under John Ashcroft waved off the campaign against Microsoft after finding that they had illegally abused their monopoly position as long as they could be said to have had one, which is a long time indeed.

    Develop it themselves? That, I think, is the bigger story for me -- not that this patent has been filed for, but that it's MSFT that is the assignee.

    If you like that, you're going to love reading up on Microsoft patents on equipment to read and write DNA like a magtape.

  • Re:Odd assignment... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by dangitman ( 862676 ) on Saturday January 15, 2011 @09:27PM (#34893620)

    I'm not quite sure why this was assigned to MS; I'm aware that the Gates foundation [] is doing work in this arena, but why they'd want to file a patent on it is unclear and using MS to do so is downright weird.

    Why are you confused? It's been clear since its inception that the Gates Foundation is the propaganda wing of Microsoft.

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